Workshop: ‘The Early Modern Christian Cultural and Literary Heritage in the Eyes of Nahḍa Scholars’

26-27 June 2019

DAY 1: 26 June
9.30-10.00 Arrival and coffee
10.00-10.15 Welcome (Feras Krimsti, University of Oxford)
10.15-11.00 Session 1
Genealogies and Kinships: Biblia Arabica and Translation in the Nahḍa (Rana Issa,
American University of Beirut)
11.00-11.30 Break
11.30-13.00 Session 2
Tyranny and Freedom, Darkness and Light: Rewriting Ottoman History from the Arab
Mahjar (Stacy D. Fahrenthold, UC Davis)
Asad Rustum and the Events of 1840: Between Narratives of Change and
Documentary Exactitude (Peter Hill, University of Oxford)
13.00-14.00 Lunch
14.00-15.30 Session 3
Republic of Praise: Scholarly Networks, Print Culture, and the Taqrīẓ (“Poetic Endorsement”) in Early Modern Beirut (Anthony Edwards, Washington and Lee University)
Louis Cheikho and the Christianisation of Pre-Islamic and Islamic Ascetic Poetry (Nora K. Schmid, University of Oxford)
15.30-16.00 Break
16.00-16.45 Session 4
Anastas al-Karmili: Lexicographer, Historian and Student of Iraqi Popular Culture
(Hilary Kilpatrick, Lausanne)
19.00 Dinner at Balliol College (speakers only)

DAY 2: 27 June
9.00-10.30 Session 5
Nahḍa Authors as Readers (and Copyists) of Ottoman Logic and Grammar
(Salam Rassi, University of Oxford)
Standing on the Shoulders of (Early Modern) Giants: The Personal Library of ʿAbd al-
Salām al-Shaṭṭī (1840-1878) (Torsten Wollina, Universität Hamburg)
10.30-11.00 Break
11.00-12.30 Session 6
Jirmānūs Farḥāt’s “Baḥth al-maṭālib” and its Legacy to the Language Project of the Nahḍa (Rossella De Luca, Freie Universität Berlin)
The Discovery of Makāriyūs b. al-Zaʿīm (d. 1672) as an Important Historical Figure and Versatile Writer during the Early Stages of the 20th Century (Carsten Walbiner, Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt)
12.30-13.00 Discussion and conclusion
13.00-14.00 Lunch

There are limited spaces available for the workshop. If you wish to attend, please register by contacting Feras Krimsti (

This workshop is supported by the project ‘Stories of Survival: Recovering the Connected Histories of Eastern Christianity in the Early Modern World’ which has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement number 638578.